Speed TV Books Manmade Thunder is a must have for any NASCAR racing enthusiast. Heck, it would be a great book for any racing enthusiast. Written by Award winning motorsports journalist Godwin Kelly, Manmade Thunder takes an in depth behind the scenes look at the sport of stock car racing.

The book examines the sport through the eyes of the men behind the wheel, the men with the wrench in their hands, and those who pay the bills. Alongside Kelly's trademark writing style are more than 250 stunning photographs, including many from the Don Hunter Collection and The Sharpe Image. The photography is unique and has been carefully chosen with approximately two thirds of the images in the book having never been published before.

Manmade Thunder takes the reader through a visual and narrative journey of the sport-from humble beginnings of family cars raced on dirt tracks, to the glitz and glamour that has made today's NASCAR a national phenomenon. The book also examines how the sport has transformed from a performance-based competition into a personality-driven enterprise over the last two decades.

While the main chapters focus on the current top drivers and past greats, the subchapters cleverly weave former legends and other aspects of the sport into the narrative, at times branching into the influences of other racing venues, such as Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and their affect on the sport of stock car racing. We loved the fact that the book offers exclusive first person sections that reveal what some of the top drivers really think.

For $49, go out and get yourself a copy, it'll look great on the coffee table.